A Tabletop Terrarium For Growing Your Own…Edible Bugs?

With growing drought and an inefficient agricultural system (not to mention the world’s bees careening for extinction), there are fears that someday soon, there will no longer be enough meat-based protein to keep the world from going hungry.

It has been suggested that eating bugs could actually help slow climate change, and a United Nations report actually endorsed the commercial cultivation of insects as a way to fight world hunger. The Lepsis Terrarium is the perfect device for getting an early jump on this alternative food revolution right in your own home.

Lepsis Terrarium, grow your own, edible bugs

Image via Mansour Ourasanah

It might sound like a joke, but the Lepsis Terrarium was designed by Mansour Ourasanah in conjunction with Kitchen Aid, a well-known manufacturer of kitchen appliances. It is designed to provide the perfect habitat for raising grasshoppers, a significant source of protein in many parts of the world.

“Limited by space and energy, the design acts a vessel for manually growing, feeding, harvesting and neatly killing insects before turning them into food,” Ourasanah writes. “The product is made up of four individual units that, when assembled, perform the dual function of insect breeder and decorative kitchen product.”

Lepsis Terrarium, edible insects,

Image via Mansour Ourasanah

The device, which looks like an oversized Mason jar, has a removable top. Inside, an intricate set of hexagonal green plates provide the food, heat and air needed for the insects to grow.

By creating an attractive appliance and turning the raising of insects into a neat, tabletop affair, Ourasanah and KitchenAid hope to reduce the ick factor, and turn more people in the developed world on to the idea of bugs for lunch.

Although the Lepsis Terrarium is still in the prototyping stage, it is currently a finalist for an INDEX design award.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

  • ted

    I’d have to invite Andrew Zimmern over for cooking lessons